Fifth about The Seventh

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Lunana)

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom: the storyline, of a man (in particular a teacher) being transferred from a big city to a small town is not novel; but when the small town is almost impossibly far from everything, as in Pawo Choyning Dorji’s film, the cultural elements transform it into something fresh. Serene and inspiring as the characters portrayed, this is a joy to watch. The internal journey made by the protagonist feels like the only one he could have, considering the respect and care shown to him by all the villagers. Sherab Dorji gives a fine, quiet performance as the teacher-musician. Pem Zam, as one of the children, is absolutely winning, but the whole supporting cast gives very warm and humane performances. Kelden Lhamo Gurung, in particular, has a beautiful singing voice. The locale itself is another star, a place set seemingly out of time, peaceful and awe-inducing. The work of cinematographer Jigme Tenzing as he captures the village and villager faces is quite good.

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